Cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnations in the blood flow and lymphatic system, thereby improving the normal flow of fluids in the body. This was a very common tool of care in my home growing up and I observed at an early age the immediate relief it provided. Cupping is used mostly for pain, tightness, and injuries. But cupping can also be used to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Cupping is very effective for back, neck, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Cupping can cause non-permanent red marks, swelling, and bruising at local areas for a few days to a week. Additionally, it is advised that these locations be covered during that period from the outside elements. This is due to the body's susceptibility during this form of treatment.